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A family vacationing in morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 02/07/2006 Starring: James Stewart Run time: 120 minutes Rating: Pg
Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of his own 1934 spy thriller is an exciting event in its own right, with several justifiably famous sequences. James Stewart and Doris Day play American tourists who discover more than they wanted to know about an assassination plot. When their son is kidnapped to keep them quiet, they are caught between concern for him and the terrible secret they hold. When asked about the difference between this version of the story and the one he made 22 years earlier, Hitchcock always said the first was the work of a talented amateur while the second was the act of a seasoned professional. Indeed, several extraordinary moments in this update represent consummate filmmaking, particularly a relentlessly exciting Albert Hall scene, with a blaring symphony, an assassin's gun, and Doris Day's scream. Along with Hitchcock's other films from the mid-1950s to 1960 (including Vertigo, Rear Window, and Psycho), The Man Who Knew Too Much is the work of a master in his prime. --Tom Keogh
- Delicious Hitchcock thriller with Stewart and Day
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is one of my favorite Hitchcock films and contrary to what many Hitchcock fans say, I do believe it ranks with his best. But then, Hitchcock produced some of the most consistently watchable and entertaining films of all times.
Filmed on location, it tells the tale of an American family, Ben and Jo McKenna (James Stewart and Doris Day) and their young son, Hank (Christopher Olsen), who get caught up in intrigue, murder and kidnapping in exotic North Africa. While on the bus in Morocco, they encounter mysterious Frenchman, Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin) and later in a spectacular scene at the bazaar in which Hitchcock makes his signature cameo, Bernard is murdered before their eyes. As Doctor McKenna (Stewart) goes to assist, Bernard just has time to whisper his secret into McKenna's ear. The cast is superb from Stewart and Day, both naturally appealing onscreen and in ripe dramatic form here, to the villains, and the balance of suspense, drama and humor is perfect.
So many favorite scenes: Stewart and Day in the Moroccan restaurant, adapting to the cultural specifications of eating with Stewart having trouble finding room for his legs; the intrigue with the other English couple staying at their hotel; James Stewart tracking down "Ambrose Chapel," a taxidermist, and the ensuing scuffle at Chapel's shop with all sorts of menacing corpses like leopards and swordfish wittily threatening the participants in the confined space. Day plays a former concert hall singer, who suspended her career to marry Stewart, so she has the opportunity to single some wonderful songs like "Que Sera Sera" as a natural outgrowth of the plot without the slightest awkwardness. It all culminates in a superb, tense finale at Albert Hall in London.
Absolute delicious fun. The master at his best. I've seen it scores of times and plan to enjoy it scores more in the future. Highly recommended. ...more info
- Que Sera Sera
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Studio: Universal Studios
Video Release Date: August 3, 1999
James Stewart ... Dr. Ben McKenna
Doris Day ... Jo McKenna
Brenda De Banzie ... Lucy Drayton
Bernard Miles ... Edward Drayton
Ralph Truman ... Buchanan
Daniel G¨¦lin ... Louis Bernard
Mogens Wieth ... Ambassador
Alan Mowbray ... Val Parnell
Hillary Brooke ... Jan Peterson
Christopher Olsen ... Hank McKenna
Reggie Nalder ... The assassin
Richard Wattis ... Assistant manager
Noel Willman ... Woburn
Alix Talton ... Helen Parnell
Yves Brainville ... Police inspector
Carolyn Jones ... Cindy Fontaine
Harry Fine ... Edington
Alex Frazer ... Man
Wolf Frees ... Aide to the foreign Prime Minister
Milton Frome ... Guard
Leo Gordon ... Chauffer
Walter Gotell ... Guard
Frank Atkinson ... Taxidermist
Bernard Herrmann ... Himself (conductor)
Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in Morocco marketplace
George Howe ... Ambrose Chappell Sr
Harold Kasket ... Butler
Barry Keegan ... Patterson
Lou Krugman ... Arab
Lloyd Lamble ... General manager of Albert Hall
Donald Lawton ... Desk clerk
Mayne Lynton ... Taxidermist
John Barrard ... Taxidermist
Edward Manouk ... French waiter
Richard Marner ... Aide to the foreign Prime Minister
John Marshall ... Butler
Lewis Martin ... Detective
Louis Mercier ... French policeman
Ralph Neff ... Henchman
Leslie Newport ... Inspector at Albert Hall
John O'Malley ... Uniformed attendant
Liddell Peddieson ... Taxidermist
Arthur Ridley ... Ticket collector
Patrick Aherne ... Handyman
Eric Snowden ... Special Branch officer
Alexi Bobrinskoy ... Foreign Prime Minister
Guy Verney ... Footman
Anthony Warde ... French policewoman
Patrick Whyte ... Special Branch officer
Peter Williams ... Police sergeant
Richard Wordsworth ... Ambrose Chappell Jr
Allen Zeidman ... Assistant manager
Clifford Buckton ... Sir Kenneth Clarke
Peter Camlin ... Headwaiter
Abdelhaq Chraibi ... Arab
Gladys Holland ... Bernard's girlfriend
Barbara Howitt ... Soloist in Albert Hall sequence
Enid Lindsey ... Lady Clarke
Janet Macfarlane ... Lady in audience
Betty Bascomb ... Edna
Elsa Palmer ... Cook
Mahin S. Shahrivar ... Arab woman
Alma Taylor ... Box office woman
Janet Bruce ... Box office woman
Naida Buckingham ... Lady in audience
Barbara Burke ... Assassin's girlfriend
Pauline Farr ... Ambassador's wife
Bess Flowers ... Woman in Hotel Lobby
On vacation in Marrakech, Morocco, Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Jo (Doris Day) and their son Hank (Chrisopher Olson), meet a secret agent, Louis Bernard (Daniel G¨¦lin) who is killed because he is in possession of a secret: a statesman is about to be assassinated in London. Before he dies, he confides in McKenna some of the details. To keep the doctor quiet, the
bad guys grab his son, Hank, and threaten his life.
This is the story as it unfolds. Hitchcock does his usual fine job of keeping up the tension, and of course Stewart and Day do their usual excellent job of acting. This is a superb thriller, and endlessly entertaining.
Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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- Hitch Masterpiece Remade....By Hitch
This review refers to the Widescreen DVD(Universal) edition of "The Man Who Knew Too Much"(1955)...
A masterpiece is reworked an updated by Hitch, the result?... another masterpiece! "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is a magnificent remake of his earlier work from the 30's(The Man Who Knew Too Much). It stars Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart as parents desperate to get their child back from kidnappers, but must also prevent an assassination. Whew!, who else could handle that?
The film is pure Hitch. The edge of your seat suspense, the trademark staircase scene, the brillant camera angles, and all the special touches that make it definitive Hitch. The famous scene at the Albert Hall concert is one of the most chilling in film history. No matter how often it's viewed, your heart is in your throat waiting for the clash of those cymbals. Hitch has that way of always making the viewer want to warn the characters that something sinister is about to take place. You want to yell.."Now Doris..NOW!"
Doris sings her beautiful rendition of "Que Sera, Sera"(a wonderful treat), and the exotic location of French Morocco and Bernard Hermann's score also add greatly to this fine thriller.
Looking for Hitch: ... taking in the sights in Morocco. Be careful Hitch!... there's going to be a murder!
Universal has made a beautiful transfer of this classic and cherished work. It is presented in the original widescreen and the colors are brillant.The sound is in DD2.0(MONO), and is good but could be better in stereo. The DVD includes a documentary "The Making Of The Man Who Knew Too Much". There are captions in English and subtitles in Spanish. It may be viewed in English, French, and Spanish.
The film is perfection. Only the master himself could have made it even better then the original classic.
A must have for your Hitch collection....enjoy...Laurie
Here's the original with 3 other early greats:Alfred Hitchcock: 4 Tales of the Macabre - Secret Agent / The Lady Vanishes / The Man Who Knew Too Much / Sabotage
Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the C
- Top Notch Thriller and Doris Day is Superb!
Doris Day is one of those rare talents who could do anything!! Most of her career was spent in musicals and comedies but those rare times when she was allowed to shine in a dramatic role are a rare treat. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is one of those films. One cannot go wrong with Hitchcock and without this film, there wouldn't have been Doris' trademark song, "Que Sera, Sera".
The most fantastic sequence in this film is the 'symphony sequence' where the prime minister is about to be murdered and Doris knows. While the symphony is going on Doris is unmatched in her portrayal of dramatic tension and the whole scene is done without dialogue which was sheer Hitchcock genius. Originally there was supposed to be a dialogue exchange between Day and Jimmy Stewart about what was about to happen to the prime minister but Hitchcock was enjoying the symphony so much that he told them to play the scene without dialogue so that he could enjoy the music. The scene wouldn't have worked nearly as well with dialogue.
Doris Day proved that she was equally adept at drama as she was in comedy. That she could sing better than just about anyone was only an added plus. Only she and Judy Garland were those two rare talents who could do anything.
Bette Davis certainly couldn't play comedy and sing. Neither could Katharine Hepburn. Stanwyck was adept at both comedy and drama but she was not a singer.
As I said, rare is the talent that can do all.....comedy, music and drama. And Doris Day could. It is unfortunate that her career did not allow her more dramatic roles such as Jo McKenna in "The Man Who Knew Too Much", or as Julie in "Julie" or "Midnight Lace" or "Young Man With a Horn" or "Storm Warning", a 1951 gem! Watching her in dramatic roles is a rare treat and only proves what an incomparable talent she was.
As for "The Man Who KNew Too Much" this is one of Hitchcock's best though the ending is a little contrived and much too rushed. But the performances and the story about intrigue, kidnapping and murder in Morocco is master Hitchock. And as I said before, without this movie, there wouldn't have been "Que, Sera, Sera which won the academy award that year as best song and became the song with which Day is most identified. ...more info
- Great Movie for every collection
Jo McKenna (Doris Day), and her husband Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), and their little son Hank McKenna (Christopher Olson) go on holiday to a small mid eastern country! While their they get tied up in a fight for right full of intrigue, kidnapping, murder! Their they meet a detective that is on the tail of an American Family supposedly going to be bombing the British Royalty He first expects the McKenna family but then he is mysteriously murdered! They then find out that their dear friends that they make are actually the people who are planning the nasty deed! Well they kidnap Hank and Jo and Ben follow them to London this movie has a touching ending! Jo is playing Que Sera Sera at a big party in London at Buckingham Palace and Hank hears it and Hank's captors wife tells him to whistel the tune and he does it and Ben hears it and follows the tune up to find his son! Great classic movie and Tear Jerker! I highly suggest it to everyone!...more info
- The Man Who Know To Much
One of his best! This movie along with Rear Window and Phycho were prime exanples of why Hitchcook will live on forever as one of the best directors in the history of film....more info
- Doris Day Shines!
Alfred Hitchcock did a wonderful job on this 1935 remake of The Man Who Know Too Much. Dr. Ben McKenna, played by James Stewart, his wife, Jo (Doris Day), and their son are vacationing in French Morocco. They meet up with many suspicious charaters, but they befriend one man, played by Daniel Gelin. Their friend was a detective and was shot in front of many people while in the midst of trying to solve a case. Then the McKenna's son is kidnapped by some other "friends". The police aren't helping with the case so Ben decides to figure out who the kidnappers are by himself. This is the only Alfred Hitchcock film in which a song is sung. The song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" won an Acadamey Award. Doris Day's acting is brilliant. She really got me to feel like I was her. That my son had just been kidnapped and I could not go on living. The movie was so good that I cried because I was deeply affected by the charaters feelings and emotions. This is one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock thirllers and one of my favorite Doris Day films....more info
- Shows that Doris Day can act
When this film was made, people were confused at the choice of Doris Day as the mother whose son is kidnapped. However, Doris Day is outstanding in this, and very convincing. She is more than just 'funny girl' actor who appeared in so many comedies.
The film does however suffer from being very dated. It starts off well, but goes pair-shaped halfway through. I'm not a fan of James Stewart, and wonder why Hitchcock used him so often. Didn't he realise that there were other actors around? He acted the same in all his films. Yawn!
The DVD is features packed. There's a "Making Of," Trailors and nice anamorphic transfer. Some reviews have criticised the transfer, but i actually think it is much cleaner than the supposedly restored "Vertigo" withDVD....more info
- The Man Who Knew Too Much DVD
As always, Director Alfred Hitchcock amazed us with The Man Who Knew Too Much. I can't say enough about any of his movies !! I watch this one and all of his other mysteries over and over again and never tire of any of them....more info
- A Hitchcock movie for the family and the ears
This is a unique Hitchcock masterpiece - it happened to an ordinary family (James Stewart, Doris Day and Christopher Olsen) on vacation in Morocco; its leading lady was a renowned singer; the movie was thus blessed with a beautiful, unforgettable and Oscar-winning theme song "Whatever will be, will be".
In addition to the guaranteed suspense and action, the focus on this ordinary family, rather than two lovers on the run or spy game etc., succeeded in adding a new dimension to the story, making it the warmest Hitchcock movie ever. The tension and pressure the parents endured when the young son was beseiged simply drew emotional resonance from the audience. James Stewart and Doris Day were the desperate mom and dad, exhausting all their options, employing every skill and trying to balance between national security and his son's safety. Each of them had an important role to play in defusing the spy's plot as well as rescuing their son.
One important and up-to-date note (so many travel abroad nowadays) the mom and dad learned from the whole incident - do not believe in first impression of strangers. What is perceived as wrong characters may after all be right and vice-versa. ...more info
- Perfect in every way.
Many reviews on this site have concentrated on Doris Day's performance. Suffice it to say that it was perfect. In fact everything about this movie is perfect. Is it Hitchcock's best? No. But that has more to do with the concepts at work in his other movies as opposed to how good this movie actually is.
Jimmy Stewart plays a surgeon on vacation with his family in Morocco. Doris Day is his wife, a stage singer who has given up the limelight to raise their young son who is also travelling with them. A dying man tells Jimmy Stewart of an impending assassination attempt. Before, however, he can tell anyone of this, his son is kidnapped to keep him silent. The question here is what would you do? You know that somebody is slated to die. You can prevent this by passing along the information you have but it will mean the life of your son. What follows in this movie is the attempt by the husband and wife to figure out how best to handle this. How to find their son. How to contact the kidnappers. Remember there is no ransom request. Just a request to stay silent. But will this guarantee the little boy's life?
The reason why I feel this film is perfect is that it is hard to find where Hitchcock has gone wrong. His casting is brilliant. Who better to play the average American father than the ever identifiable and sympathetic Jimmy Stewart? Doris Day has always symbolised the nice girl next door. Who better for the role of mother? Stewart's character is a surgeon, but the operations mentioned are nothing flashy: appendix, tonsils, etc. Doris Day used to be a singing star on stage, but has now retired and is raising their son.
Their reactions to their set of circumstances is believable and even probable and very likely match our own. They don't know if they are doing the right thing, but they have a plan and try to pursue it. Doris Day's portrayal of the moral dilemna she is confronting at the now famous opera scene is spot on perfect. Does she try to save the Prime Minister or stand by and watch as murder is committed?
Neither of our protagonists are perfect. Some of Jimmy Stewart's decisions are debatable, but all understandable. There is a moment when he decides to sedate his wife before breaking the news of the kidnapping. I don't know if I would have done the same, but it is in keeping with his background as a doctor and an argument can be made for it.
This brings us to one of the constant themes in Hitchcock's work: the use of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Neither Mr Stewart or Ms. Day "know" what to do. They are guessing at their next step. They make wrong decisions but never stupid ones. It is their own determination and a little cleverness that ultimately allows them to succeed.
As usual, this film is full of classic Hitchcock touches. The editing and camera work are designed to extract the most out of each scene. Suspense is created from the start with suspicious characters appearing in the most normal of situations.
A final point is that we find here, as in other Hitchcock movies, the appearance of drama surrounded by the regular. Stewart and Day are immersed in a fight for the child's life, but must appear normal to their friends. The world does not share their ordeal. In a way this makes the situation seem that much more hopeless. One feels that the world will not come to an end if their child dies and that there is no help for them.
Modern audiences might not like the slow pace here, but it is deliberate and logical. Tension lies more within the psychological moments leading to a dramatic moment that in the moment itself.
I highly recommend this film....more info
- Hitchcock at his finest!
This is my favorite Hitchcock film. It is full of suspense, emotion and great acting. Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart team up as a perfect couple on a leisurely vacation and wind up in the middle of political warfare. This film will keep you on the edge of your seat as you pray that everything will be resolved in the end. Doris Day is charming and Jimmy Stewart is the level-headed father that always does what he must to ensure the safety of his family. This film should be in every home!...more info
- Some Parts Don't Add Up, Though...
...even though on the whole, it's a good movie.
The part that doesn't make sense to me is the plot device of wife Doris Day's having been a singing star before her marriage to James Stewart. Yet when we first encounter her in the bus with Stewart and afterwards, she seems only like a doctor's wife. Then comes the info that before she tied the knot, she was known throughout Europe. Well, how realistic is that? How many singing stars just chuck it all to marry a doc from Indianapolis and then go on about how her trip to Morocco was paid for by an appendectomy? It just wouldn't ever have happened, period. I think (and this doesn't spoil anything for those who haven't seen the movie; they can just hold this idea in their mind) a better way to have worked this was that she IS a singing star still, but her doctor husband is a RICH doctor, not some country bumpkin type. Because she's not travelling under her stage name, that's why the secret agent makes his initial mistake about the two couples. Everything else that hinges upon her singing can fall into place neatly after that.
Otherwise, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" has lots of suspenseful moments, very much in the vein of "North by Northwest". Yet, it is not as good as that movie, because it seems more episodic, less like a single thread. Really, the movie is one big chase scene, as Doris and Jimmy track down the kidnappers of their son from Morocco to the Albert Hall and beyond. I will say, though, that the movie really is Doris'. The husband could've been played by anyone--all the intensity is contained within her. She is quite excellent in the scene when he tells her that the child has been kidnapped. I guess she can be considered yet another talent not fully utilized in Hollywood, acting-wise. She got to be hysterical again in "Midnight Lace", but I'm sure she could move beyond hysteria into something else--although I thought she did a poor job in "Love Me or Leave Me" with another James, James Cagney.
Closing remark: Should've been "The Woman Who Found Out Too Much", but still entertaining....more info
- Doris Day and James Stewart in a murder mystery.
Alfred Hitchcock remade his own 1934 motion picture. The black & white 75 minute version was good. But now we have this glorious Technicolor 1956 version with a new cast and is 2 hours long. Doris Day and James Stewart are traveling to Marrakech with their son, Hank (Christopher Olsen). Aboard the bus, their son accidentially had removed the black veil (absolutly forbidden) of a native woman. A Mr. Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin) steps in to save the boy and his parents from disaster. Mr. Bernard turns out to be a kind man from France and helps the family on their vacation. There first stop is in Morocco. Doris is very suspicious of Mr. Bernard because he asks so many questions. Her husband assures his wife it's just small conversation. While the couple goes to dinner without Mr. Bernard, who had a sudden matter to attend to, they meet a couple at dinner who befriends them and helps with dinner etiquette and shopping at the Trade Market Place. Ultimatly, the couple gets involved in a murder mystery.
This is an excellent Alfred Hitchcock motion picture. Very serious. Doris Day ofers a fine dramatic performance. She also debuts the tune, "Que Sera Sera", which plays a very key role in the film. Christopher Olsen was also in "I'll See You In My Dreams" (1951) and is the brother of Susan Olsen of "The Brady Bunch" tv series....more info
- One of Hitchcock's best!!!
James Stewart and Doris Day star in this very entertaining and suspenseful thriller from Alfred Hitchcock that is a remake of his 1934 film with Peter Lorre.
James Stewart plays Ben MacKenna, a Doctor from Indianapolis and Doris Day plays Jo Mackenna who are on vacation on Marrakech ,Morocco after spending a special Doctor's meeting in London. They have a boy called Hank MacKenna ,played by Christopher Olsen who for a young age, acts pretty well in the movie. They take a bus to Marrakech, when by accident ,their son Hank accidentaly removes the veil of a Muslim woman whose husband is very upset.
As you may know Muslim woman wear veils on their faces because they don't have as much rights as they do men, and they are seen as mostly servants in these countries.
An arabic man called Louis Bernard who sees the situation, intervenes and explains to the man that it was an accident.
As a sign of gratitude, Ben and Jo invite Mr. Bernard for dinner and become friends with him.
On their vacation of Marrakech, Ben and Jo meet an elderly couple called the Drayton's who seem like nice people. Afterwards they offer to babysit Hank while Ben and Jo go to the outdoor markets. As Ben and JO are on the outdoor markets, they witness a crime in progress. A man stabbed in the back comes to Ben and as Ben looks closer at this man , he says that it is his good friend Louis Bernard.
Before Louis dies, he whispers into Ben's ear "A stateman's shall be killed, you must go to London to Ambrose Chappel". Soon the Marrakech/French police question Ben and Ben learns that his friend Louis is actually an FBI agent who was investigating an attempt to kill the Prime Minister.
The FBI aren't very helpful as they think Ben knows more than he's letting on. As Ben and Jo go home they learn that the Drayton's have left their hotel and Hank
is nowhere to be found.
As Ben becomes worried (who wouldn't be after their son gets kidnapped) he gets a phone call from the Drayton's saying that Hank is ok,but that he should keep
his mouth shut if he ever wants to see his son again.
Instead of telling the police/FBI about this turn of events Ben and Jo go to London and try to find out where they're son is on they're on.
Relying back to what Louis told him before Ben and Jo search for Ambrose Chappel.
In a comical scene, Ben thinks he has found Chappel but it is not. In fact with the help of Josephine's friend ,he learns that Chappel is a church not a person.
Ben goes to the church and just as he gets close to getting his son, he is knocked out senseless. Without giving the good parts of the movie (there is plenty), Hitchcock being the "Master of Suspense", provides
so many twists and turns that you never know what's going to happen until the end of the film.
The movie itself is best well known for Doris Day's singing of "Que Sera, Sera" which won the Academy Award for best song in this picture and elevated Doris Day
into not only a good actress but a good singer as well.
The DVD is full of bonuses:
Biographies of Doris Day, James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock.
Trailers for other Hitchcock classics like "The Birds", "Rope", "Rear Window"
and many more in widescreen format.
A documentary on the making of the movie.
Probably the best, personal production photographs during the making of the film, accompanied by tunes of the film.
There is even a DVD Rom for DVD players for the pc, which include more bonuses including sound clips and more interactive menus.
A nicely done DVD by Universal Pictures. ...more info
- THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
EXCELLENT HITCHCOCK MOVIE, BUT THEN ALL HITCHCOCK MOVIES ARE.
JAMES STEWART & DORIS DAY ALWAYS ARE GOOD IN ANY MOVIE.
- I could watch it forever
Hitchcock in rare form--but isn't he most of the time? That's what I think of when I watch, for the umpteenth time--"The Man Who Knew Too Much." It moves like lightning and nearly every frame provides intrigue and excitement for the viewer. Stewart and Day are phenomenal, as is the amazing supporting cast. If you love Hitch, and like your mysteries spiced with humor and terror, this is one you should not miss. Only "Vertigo," in my opinion surpasses it....more info
- IT'S STILL HITCH
After a slow start,this film really gets off after 45 minutes.While not the director's best,it is still very enjoyable with many delightful scenes including the musical climax at the ALBERT HALL;the diversion at the taxidermist's house;STEWART escaping the church in an unusual way(he literally climbs with the bell's rope).The ending for me is sort of a cop out,but you had to find a way to resolve the story.The epilogue is pure HITCHCOCK.The comments of the screenwriter,art director, producer and PATRICIA(the director's daughter) are worthwhile, because they are quite revealing about the director's methods.If you read LEONARD MALTIN's comments on his film guide,you'll probably pass this one(he only rated it ** and an half) which i think would be a mistake ,especially if you are an HITCHCOCK buff....more info
- Hitchcock 's fine irony!
The clinical eye of this hyper gifted director resided in his avidness for avoiding to remain petrified under the simple label of Suspense Master. He loved to convince us the suspense is everywhere, and even in the most unexpected places.
An American couple vacationing in French Morocco ( a hidden tribute to Casablanca, perhaps) will experience the major disturbance of their secure lives when, due that trickeries of the destiny be involved in a complex web of assassinations, murder, kidnapping when accidentally James Stewart listens the last words of a dying man.
Doris Day `s charisma and the well elaborated script will allows us to know the affective interiorities and enjoy of pleasant tour in that seductive and mysterious land, nest and witness of so many historical events.
The evolving humor evinces the successful experience he had respect his previous work "How to catch a thief", (a work visibly influenced by Rififi) although the Cold War environment and the impressive filmed material of his colleagues induced him to turn his eyes around this plot, the first of a Trilogy completed by Torn curtain and Topaz.
The climax sequence is brilliant; don 't miss it.
- Trademark Hitchcock
If this is not the most stunning Hitchcock - Mr Freud does not get a look in and their is very little blood - it is a film that is superior to 90 % of Hollywood fare and stands up remarkably well to reviewing. The English setting works very well and a number of memorable scenes include hero James Stewart escaping a church by climbing its bell rope! and a tussle in the workroom of a taxidermist with staff attempting to save the wild animals from the humans! Good old Hitch. Well worth owning....more info
- Hitchcock Sleeper Classic now on WIDESCREEN DVD!!!!
The 1956 Widescreen Color "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is a remake of Hitch's 1934 Standard Screen Black & White British version. (Hitch didn't come to the United States until 1939). As he stated, "the 1934 version was directed by an amateur and the 1956 version by a professional."
This was to be the second of 5 brilliant films made from 1954 - 1960. (the others are; Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) & Psycho (1960)). This was Hitchcock at his best, in fact these last 4 were voted to AFI's (American Film Institute's) top 100 films in the last 100 years (1998). So you can see why "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was overlooked. A definite sleeper classic!!!
Summary: James Stewart, wife Doris Day and son are on a vacation in Morocco. They are accidently swept up in an assassination plot to occur in London. The assassin group kidnaps their son as insurance of their silence and hold him hostage. Doris Days rare dramatic role is outstanding and her singing the Oscar winning song, ("Que Sera, Sera") high light this brilliant spy thriller. Jimmy Stewarts natural acting ability (Hitchcocks favorite male actor) pulls off being Doris Days husband.
The Anamorphic Widescreen Color presentation is excellent. The "Making of - with Patricia Hitchocks (Hitch's daughter) comments is very interesting & informative....more info
- Hitchcock's deep human art
The Man Who Knew Too Much is known as one of the most "suspenseful" films of Alfred Hitchcock.
Nevertheless like all other films of Hitchcock this film is not merely a film full of "suspense" (which is a very superficial term to characterize the art of Hitchcock) but also a beautiful and distressing example of the deep human art of Hitchcock.
The DVD is excellent as regards the visual quality of the film. I recommend it. ...more info
- A teriffic movie that should be a masterpiece!
This movie is very suspensful, has a good plot, and has a good amount of action. I loved the rol of Dorris Day and Jim Stewart, and all the others. Also, this movie is quite scary at times, but still it can't be turned down, no matter how scary. Well, I don't want to spoil this teriffic Hitchcock, so you'll have to experience "The Essential Hitchcock" yourself. Enjoy!...more info
- Hitchcock is...Amazing
The "Master of Suspense", Alfred Hitchcock, hits another bullseye with his 1956 production of "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Purists have been known to complain that they prefer Hitchcock's original 1934 version of the story to the lavish, widescreen, color version starring James Stewart and Doris Day, but if viewed side by side, both films stand on their own as classic Hitchcock.
The 1956 "Man" unfolds like a beautiful book, methodically, deliberately, and compellingly. Stewart plays an American doctor and Day is his wife, a retired singer. They are vacationing with their young son, Hank, in Morocco, when they become embroiled in an International incident involving a planned assasination. Their son is kidnapped and taken to London. Day and Stewart follow, where they attempt to get some answers and to locate their son, on their own, without the help offered by Scotland Yard. The film reaches it's exciting climax during a concert at Albert Hall in which Day suddenly realizes what is about to occur.
Without giving away some of the intricate plot twists and turns, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is like a breathtaking ride on a state of the art rollercoaster. You cannot help but get caught up in the plight of Stewart and Day.
James Stewart and Doris Day seem like a real married couple, so easy and comfortable is their onscreen chemistry. They banter and interact convincingly but there is also a strong indication that there may be some tensions lurking beneath the outer veneer. Both actors play their roles with expertise and Day, in particular, shows range and versatility in her performance, being especially memorable in the justly celebrated Albert Hall scene and in an earlier scene when Stewart informs her that their son has been kidnapped. The growing realization as to what he is telling her is reflected in Day's facial reactions.
Hitchcock has once again assembled a first-rate cast of supporting players including his long time musical collaborator, Bernard Herrmann, who appears onscreen for the first time, playing himself while conducting an original piece of music during the Albert Hall sequence. The team of Livingston and Evans composed a song for Day to sing to her son as part of the plot. The tune, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be"(Que Sera, Sera), became a megahit, selling millions of records, winning an Oscar as best song and becoming one of Day's signature tunes. It plays an intricate role in the storyline, being introduced naturally and being reprised as part of the picture's denouement.
The queues that formed at box-offices all over the world when "The Man Who Knew Too Much" opened in the summer of 1956, were a tribute to the talents of Hitchcock, Day, and Stewart, and to the public's continuing fascination with quality entertainment. To this day, the film remains one of Hitchcock's best films from his 1950's period. A movie that is well worth viewing.
- Enjoyable Hitchcock Adventure
Less a thriller than an colorful adventure with suspenseful elements, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH should not be really be compaired with such Hitchcock masterpieces as VERTIGO, REAR WINDOW, or PSYCHO; it is instead more akin to such enjoyable romps as TO CATCH A THIEF and NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Shot largely on location in Morocco and London, the film tells the story of a married couple (James Stewart and Doris Day) whose holiday is interrupted when they innocently run afoul of an assasination plot--and when their young son is kidnapped in order to insure their silence.
James Stewart and Doris Day are quite effective in their roles of the All-American couple, and the characters are given an unusual twist: Stewart, a midwestern doctor, is outgoing but has a touch of "the ugly American abroad" about his personality; Day, who plays a popular stage and recording star who retired upon her marriage, has a suspicious nature. These qualities of personality and background play extremely well into the story.
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH contains a number of famous scenes; both the scene in which Stewart drugs Day before telling her of the kidnapping and the very complex Albert Hall sequence, involving what seems hundreds of cuts, are very powerful. Less often noticed, although to my mind equally if not more satisfactory, are the more subtle scenes in which Hitchcock combines an edge of suspense along with perverse humor, as when Stewart attempts some detecting at a taxidermist shop and Day belts out "Que Sera, Sera" (written for this film) in a most unsuitable way at a pivitol embassy cocktail party. Although THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH lacks the depth and impact of Hitchcock's greater work, it remains an enjoyable film and one that compares very well with his work as a whole. It's Hitchcock-light, but recommended....more info
- Should be placed on par with Hitchcock's other greats
Although not always tauted as heavily as films like Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window, North By Northwest, etc. this movie is every bit as stunning. You will not be disappointed. Hitch uses the music aspect directly in the plot to add a very original flair. Stewart is amazing, as usual, navigating a simple but highly effective plot. The restoration/dvd transfer looks quite good....more info
- Classic Hitchcock Suspense!
Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew too Much (1956) is a true classic. A remake of Hitchcock's British film of the same title from the 1930s, I believe it better than the original!
The film begins with Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Jo (Doris Day), and their young son Hank (Christopher Olsen) on vacation in Morocco. By chance the McKennas meet a Frenchman by the name of Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin) who seems to have something to hide. Later, in a marketplace, it is revealed that Bernard is actually a spy when he approaches the McKennas after being stabbed in the back. In his dying words, he tells Ben a terrifying secret: there is a plot to assassinate an important foreign ambassador in London very soon. A short time afterward, the McKennas discover that their son has been kidnapped by the conspirators to keep their mouths shut. From there, the couple go to London to find Hank and stop the assassination before it's too late.
The suspense builds up to a dramatic concert sequence at the Royal Albert Hall in London near the end of the film. That scene alone runs for 12 minutes entirely without dialogue. James Stewart and Doris Day both give excellent performances in the movie. In the scene where Ben tells Jo about their son's kidnapping for the first time, Doris Day's strong performance seemed so real that it almost brought me to tears.
The Man Who Knew too Much stands out as a classic Hitchcock thriller. A must-see for fans and movie buffs alike! ...more info
- Careful with what you sharey
The McKenna's are on vacation in Europe and they have decided on visiting the lively north African country Morocco where Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) once was stationed during World War II. On the trip to the city of Marrakech the family meets Louis Bernard through an accident caused by Hank, their son. Louis seems to be very interested in the who they are and what do. Jo (Doris Day), Bens wife, thinks it seems odd that a man wants to know so much, but do not disclose anything about himself. Later on the McKenna's meet another British couple who they spend the day with, and during the day in a large marketplace Louis appears dying from a stab wound. Before Louis dies he reveals for Ben through a whisper that a murder is about to take place in London. However, someone kidnaps Hank, so Ben and Jo have to approach the dangerous situation with caution. The Man Who Knew Too Much provides suspense that is built up slowly, but done so with shrewd awareness of what the audience expects. This leaves the audience with a noteworthy cinematic experience, however, the film is still far from Hitchcock's best creations....more info
- Not one of The Master's best, but nonetheless a masterful thriller
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is one of those rare occasions when the sequel surpasses the original. It is also one of those far rarer occasions when the film is remade by the director of the original. It's a remake of one of Alfred Hitchcock's earlier films, with the same title, released in 1934.
James Stewart and Doris Day play a couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son, played by Christopher Olsen. On their first day in Morocco, the couple meets the mysterious Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin), of whom Day is immediately suspicious. One day later, while at the market, Bernard dies in Stewart's arms - but not before whispering him a message. The problem is that Stewart cannot tell the message to the police, because the assassins behind Bernard's murder have kidnapped his son and promised to kill him if Stewart speaks one word of the message to the authorities. So, unable to seek assistance from the police, Stewart and Day rush to London to find the man Bernard spoke of in his message. Hopefully, he can help them retrieve their son - that is, if they stay alive long enough to do so.
Stewart and Day have some fine on-screen chemistry, making them a believable couple. The script is well-written and thanks to Hitchcock's directing, the film is very suspenseful. Without a doubt the highlight of the film is a scene at an opera house, where Stewart and Day rush to stop an assassin from killing the Prime Minister. It's a masterfully directed, heart-pounding scene. What less would you expect from the Master of Suspense?
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is not one of The Master's best, but nonetheless it's a masterful thriller that won't disappoint Hitchcock fans or any moviegoers looking for an exciting film.
HITCHCOCK CAMEO: Hitchcock appears in the marketplace, watching the acrobats with his back to the camera. ...more info
Doris Day es una excellente artista y James Stewart es un artistazo me gustan los dos y las peliculas las viven trabajan muy natural y se integran en el papel.
thank you T.P.H....more info